Help Wanted: What to Ask for on Your Big Three Oh??

Today the count down begins… the last month of my 20’s is passing by! With every passing day i shall wave bye bye to my youth and welcome my “middle ageism” :`(

Yet I am very grateful for Allah to have granted me to live to this date with my health, my money, my family members, my country safe and sound, a roof over my head! Alf El 7amd Le Allah 3la el 9e7a wel3afiya wel Amn Wel Aman…

Then again i cannot believe it! When did this happen? I was 21 yesterday! Big Three-OH! Age is nothing but a number mo? I for my self i have decided i am 19… wishful thinking eh? Well this is how i feel inside… i am 19!

But the facts stay. In 30 days i must celebrate my 30th bday… and my husband is ticking the days and taunting me for becoming 30 -i taunted him about his 30 it BAAAAAD- … and i am not sure how to feel… i know for a fact that it’s the last Birthday worth celebrating… for it’s the Bday where you reach the top of the hill… every Bday afterwards is going downhill… i look around and see my 30+ friend celebrating and i wonder if i would feel like celebrating my nearing the 40th? I don’t know… but i do have a little delimma… i do NOT know what i want as a gift for my 30th?

I want something that i would be able to show my grandchildren Insha2 Allah in 30 years time… Etha Allah 3a6anna 3omor -and children to start with- bs Madry SHINO!

Off the top of my head here is what i have got…

1- I want a time machine to take me back 12 years… where shall i apply?

2- Although i am not a Jewelry person… the only piece of Jewelery that i actually want is a Harry Winston Solitaire! The thing is… i want to buy it as a gift for my self! I don’t want anyone to buy it for me! Not even my husband. De3la mo???

3- I want a birthday cake malat awadm. YES! Abi a cake whose design is amazing and shape is more amazing and acts as the cake to top all other birthday cakes… and i want a moder and exotic flavor and filling(s)! Butootee has been warned and directed to the place…

4- A Pinkberry machine at home would be nice? I wouldn’t mind  living on Pinkberry throughout my 30’s…

5- If one more person mentions the word Ipad… i will break the first Ipad i see by smashing it to the wall… in 30 years would i want to show my grandchildren the ipad? yeth7ekon 3la yaddat.hom il dathra mo? Tbonee atma9khar!

6- I am perfectly content with my 2009 curve blackberry and my 2007 Ipod which was my 27th birthday present from Butootee. I do not NEED any more electronics.

7- European perfumes make me sick. I only wear Arabian ones… and i have more than enough to hand down to my grandchildren.

8- My Eos is amazing. It was my 29th Birthday Present and i plan on keeping it for a life Time. Since i had taken my fathers old Cannon he used in the 80’s i am sure i will be using my Cannon for the next 30 years o taking pictures of my grandchildren with Insha2 Allah.

9- Travelling somewhere is out of the question. My birthday is on a Saturday and a road trip to hungry bunny el Khafji is not really my idea of celebrating my Birthday. Besides i want my bed and my pillow and my couch.

10- Bags shoes shoma6ee6 halaheel spas vouchers etc. etc. all out… how will i show them to my grandchildren?!

11- Well i do want a little tiny one storey modern white house with French doors opening to the little garden to live in… whose willing to lend me 500,000 KD?

12- ooh i got something… i want to find one good hairdresser in Q8 who would give me the blonde i want… not the blonde that turns to orange! She seems impossible to find! Any ideas?!!! Yes in 30 years i will show my grandchildren my picture Insha2 Allah and i can say “your grandma was blonde before she got gray hair”…

I am out of ideas. Completely out of Ideas… and here is where you should step in…

If it was your 30th… what would you be wishing for? Inspiration desperately needed please…

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28 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chirp on June 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Ga3adt 15 mins afaker (wayed ta3abt nafsi ;p), such a hard thing to think of, bas ana 3an nafi I would want a place 2 open my restaurant.
    Or the opportunity 2 get another degree (nerd), oo abi yachtmaster Rolex, gold, with blue meeena :p


    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 7:54 PM

      Ee ana b3d kan wedi a rest. wella tiny cafe i work in lakin ma ymdi now before my 30th 😦 ymkin before my 40th ???

      Eldegreeeee la shokran :p chan kamalt my own masters ele ma boga minah shay! Hmmm wayed ygolon rolex et9adgeen… good idea!

      b3d shino?


  2. Posted by f on June 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Since you love cooking and pinkberry look at these links:

    What about a statement watch, a classic not trendy type, with a personalized engravement from BoTootee on the back

    Do you like art? Maybe a painting, sculpture, etc something that you could put in your home and cherish.

    Can you celebrate with something small now, but plan a little getaway for both of you for the occaision? Somewhere romantic and pretty, resort in whatever setting you like (seaside, mountains, country, city).

    SInce you want to buy yourself the ring, let him buy you a earrings or bracelet that will match your ring.

    He can get you a 2-3 day trip to London, NYC, Paris, whereveryou prefer, and make an appointment with a top stylist and spa weekend

    Ok this is some of the stuff off the top of my head… What I do love to do is creatively give a present with a theme ( like cake, small little gifts around the major one to lead up to the big surprise)

    Hope whatever you do end up getting is something you love and treasure


    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM

      Thank you hon now that is one great list :*

      chinna 3jbtne il ice cream maker! Why haven’t i thought of that before!!! I would make my own ice cream and have the time of my life!!! have you tried the gaggia one before? Is it good?

      i like the idea of a belated trip 😉

      Thanx hon :*


      • Posted by f on June 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM

        Your more than welcome 🙂
        Didn’t try either one, but since I wanted an ice cream maker, I started looking into them, and these had many positive reviews from a variety of places. I’m only hesitating because nowing how much I love ice cream, I would be tempted to have it breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks lol.
        btw if you are looking for salon thay does good color/highlights let me know. There is a place I’ve been going to and she does a good job, and I’m superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr picky about my hair color. :*


        • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 PM

          Ana if i take it i would only be making frozen yogurt or low fat treats adry broo7e amshi o akel ice cream… my nickname is danderma after all :p

          ee plz plz if u know someone who makes a good professional blonde bdon falsafa zayda plz point me 3shan yamdene a7jez maw3ed gabil ermothan! Thank u soo much u have been showering me with your help and kindness wallah :*


  3. Posted by peace on June 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    ur almost 30 with no grey hairs yet? mashalla

    go for a rolex, i found my dads rolex from the 60s and its so cool

    otherwise stick to the solitaire idea .. and if u wanted to get it for yourself get the bigger carat now for the gift and buy the cheaper one later or viceversa whatev.


    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

      LooL what an ego boost! Who said i don’t have gray hair? I would be bluffing to the grandchildren only 😉
      i had my first when i went to college at age 18… i just dyed my hair last week but it’s only one color… abi somewhere where they would give me amazing blonde highlights o good base dye… also as humans grow old their scalp becomes more sensitive and i might not be able to dye it hence why then it will be all grey completely 😥

      No this is the 3rd comment urging me to go with the Rolex! I might go and check them out… see which one i might like!!!!


  4. Posted by Lama on June 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    I will kill you

    u make me feel OLD Very OLD



    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

      old? Laish old ya 7afeth? ur still in ur 30’s!

      Speaking of which… what did u get on ur 30th bday?!


  5. Posted by Q80BOY on June 17, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    so do we call you grandma danderma now 😛 hehehe JK tawich shabab!! 😉

    and for the gift .. bu totee lazim yifta7lich the dream coffee shop you always wanted! Danderma’s breakfasts! 30 years later you can show your grandchildren the coffee shop (or shops la2ana bikoon fee branches bil ma6ar o bil avenues :P) and tell them it was ur 30th bday gift .. nice story to tell.

    OR ..

    book a cruise whenever you two are free and enjoy a romantic get away in the maldives or somewhere .. relive your honey moon!

    anyways .. i cant wish u happy b-day cause 30 days from today ra7 akoon in London .. fa happy 30th mo8adaman o 3o2bal il 100 years for your great grand children ba3ad inshala!! 😀


    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM


      La o y7rne b3d beykon ib London… awareek in ma 7jzt o sebagtik ihnaaak!

      But sej the coffee shop i want i should have gone for it before my 30th 😦

      Oh well too late now 😦


  6. I think everyone mentioned a lot of gift ideas…. What I’m going to say is on the big Three- OH!!! have a small box and put in it whatevery you want to show your grandchildren in thrity maybe forty years inshallah. Like a Time Capsule.. 😉


    • Posted by danderma on June 17, 2010 at 8:32 PM

      oooh i love that idea… making a box and writing inside what it felt like to be in my 20’s and how i feel about turning 30! Etha Allah 3a6ana 3omor o se7a o 3afiya o i became 70 i could open it and tell my grandchildren that though i was sad to be 30 … it was a baby back then :p how i wish i was turning 30 again!!!

      Perfecto :*


      • Don’t forget to print your yawmiyat wa7da Dathra and put it in the box with the rest of the stuff you’ll put there so your grandchildren will read it 😉 inshallah rabi ya36eech 6oolat al3omer w al9a7 w al3afia entay w your Batooteee 🙂


  7. Posted by om modhi on June 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    happy birthday ;D … inshallah etkoon senat khair 3alaich yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa rab :*


  8. Posted by noora on June 18, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    loved the small box thingy! sounds super cute, i think i might start doing something similar 🙂
    as for a good tasty different bday cake, go for the pistachio and strawberry cake made by november bakery… YUMMILICIOUS!!!


    • Posted by danderma on June 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

      Eee very! November is where i directed my husband to go because there is a good chance they won’t make the cake… they were too busy to make my husband’s 30th o i went somewhere else and it was horrible…

      Ako b3d A little sugar on facebook… check her out she is an American who bakes AMAZING cakes at home… unfortunately she is not here for the summer :`( well i wanted the breaking dawn cake!


  9. LoL I loved this post 🙂 I agree on Gadgets.. I don’t like them also for birthdays.. it mike work for boys/men but not us.. we want something to keep and remember and cherish.. Me too I am 34 bas I truely don’t feel it AT ALL! it’s odd, the number goes up but in your head not.. I don’t have a problem with telling people how old I am but I just don’t feel that age looool

    I agree on the cake ako wayed look good but rarely you eat a REALLY REALLY tasty one!

    O I love EOS too I used the film one for many years before switching to digital in 2005..


    • Posted by danderma on June 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

      Y3ni laman insha2 Allah i become 34 i won’t be feeling much different? I am scared of losing my feeling of being young 😦

      S7… yama cakekat ayshawgoon lakin min mako taste o ma yenwakloon…


  10. A timeless classic… Rolex watch!

    As for the age.. am 31 (did just type that for the world to see.. OMG)!!! I swear I still feel like an 18 year old inside… !


    • Posted by danderma on June 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

      LooooL i am 29 now but i feel like i am 19 and i am always surprised when i think about my real age… but then i think that would be changing when i am in my 30’s rather than my 20’s… if ur 31 o still have the same feeling then well i am glad because i just might do that 😀


  11. Posted by giggles on June 19, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    happy birthday mo8adaman and kil 3am wentay eb5air hope u enjoy it inshala, i would say ask for a trip to a country that u like or to a new place that u would want to visit even if it’s after ur b-day 🙂


  12. I’d wish for my own library full of my favorite books, photo album full of pictures of my childhood and my own saloon to run!;p


  13. Posted by Miriel on June 22, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    I think a nice piece of jewelry (nothing too flashy) or a beautiful professional camera are extravagant but seem fitting for the big 30! Just to be on the safe side though I created a birthday wish list at IN CASE everyone was at a loss as to what to get me 🙂


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